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Gender: Male Meaning of Lafayette: "faith" Origin of Lafayette: French

The name Lafayette is a boy's name of French origin meaning "faith". Lafayette and is often added to lists like Names with Inspirational Meanings and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

Foppish name with a distinguished forebear, French general Marquis de Lafayette, who fought in the American Revolution. It accounts for the L in L. Ron Hubbard. Old-time short form: Fayette or Fate.

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Famous People Named Lafayette

Lafayette Ronald "L. Ron" Hubbard, American author and founder of Scientology
Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier de La Fayette, Marquis de La Fayette - French aristocrat and hero of the American Revolution
Lafayette Young, U.S. Senator from Iowa
Lafayette Sabine Foster, U.S. Senator from Connecticut
Lafayette Curry Baker, American investigator and Civil War spy
Lafayette Guild, U.S. Civil War surgeon and yellow fever pioneer
Lafayette Lane, U.S. Congressman from Oregon
LaFayette "Fayette" McMullen, U.S. Congressman from Virginia; 2nd governor of Washington Territory
Lafayette Benedict Mendel, American biochemist
Lafayette "Fat" Lever, American basketball player
Lafayette H. "Reb" Russell, American NFL football player

Pop Culture References for the name Lafayette

Lafayette Reynolds, character on TV's "True Blood"
Lafayette, hound dog in Disney's "The AristoCats"
Lafayette Kettle, "Secretary of the Watertoast Institution, of presumptuous ignorance and unabashed vulgarity," in "Martin Chuzzlewit" (1844) by Charles Dickens
Lafayette Joyner, grandfather to George Webber in Thomas Wolfe's "You Can't Go Home Again" (1941)
Lafayette, Louisiana (pronounced "la-fee-ETT" - first syllable sounds like the word "laugh")

Lafayett, Lafaiete, Laffyette, Lafette


Izzy Carignan Says:


AmErIcAs fAvOriTe fiGhTiNG fReNcHmAn LARGe BaUGETtE

letmein Says:


Lafayette is a city name from Louisiana.

bethlena Says:


It's definitely... unusual.

pixelatedinfants Says:



aaronburrsir Says:


Me too, as told by my username.

LostKid Says:


I think of the same song

actingfun Says:


Whenever I hear this name, I think of the song Guns and Ships from Hamilton. It's a great song, I really recommend it. As for the name, I think it's kind of cute. I could certainly get used to it, even if it will always remind America's favorite fighting Frenchman (Lafayette!).